Obama-Biden want to spend $50 billion to digitize and store your medical records in an Electronic Information System. Here is what it says on http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Lower Health Care Costs by Investing in Electronic Information Technology Systems: Use health information technology to lower the cost of health care. Invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records. [Source: WhiteHouse.gov]
The recently passed Stimulus package contains funding for the Health Information Technology movement.
For an additional amount for ‘‘Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’’, $3,000,000,000, to carry out title XIII of this Act which shall be available until expended: Provided, That of this amount, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall transfer $20,000,000 to the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Department of Commerce for continued work on advancing health care information enterprise integration through activities such as technical standards analysis and establishment of conformance testing infrastructure so long as such activities are coordinated with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology… [Source: GOP.gov]
The government is saying that this will save us a lot of money in Health Care Costs. I don’t see it that way. How can spending $50 Billion help save money.
Case and point. I recently had some imaging done on my knee and foot. And using my health insurances private extranet, I was able to view the results the same time my doctor was able to look at them. Did the federal government set this up? No, it was a private insurance company that set it up so that Hospital, Doctor, and Patient could have up-to-date information. The private sector is already doing this, why does the government need to be a player in it?
I am not saying that the government is planning on some type of conspiracy, but I know for a fact (based on my many years in the IT industry) that if someone collects the data and it is stored, someone will use that data. If the government controls our medical records, it is not a far stretch to see them using it for other purposes. Hey, wouldn’t it be great if the IRS could automatically deduct from your tax liability because it knows your medical expenses? It would be cool to be able to go from one state to another and have your medical information follow you?
Those may sound like neat things that this technology can do, but what about these questions. Who in the US has been tested for AIDS/HIV? How many people are currently under medical treatment for depression, or drug abuse? Who has had an abortion? And when DNA testing, etc is in full swing… Who has a specific gene, or trait…
I don’t care how good the intentions are, if you give the government easy access to information, they will use it and eventually abuse it. They will probably say it is for the national security. But eventually, they will know your national origin, medical risks, medication allergies, blood type, and eventually your DNA information.
I don’t know if this scares anyone, but it sure scares me. Not to mention the possibility of what a hacker would do with a database that holds the entire nations medical histories.